2021 Shining Star Scholarship

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    Call for Applicants:

    The American Advertising Federation Hawaii “Shining Star” Scholarship is open to current full-time students of a Hawaii college or university and majoring in Advertising or an Advertising-related field such as Graphic or Web design, Marketing, Journalism, Communications, etc. Download the rules and application form.

    Scholarship Amount:

    First Place: A one time amount of $2000 to be used towards school-related expenses.
    Second Place: A one time amount of $500 to be used towards school-related expenses.


    College undergraduates who are currently enrolled as full-time students at an accredited college or university in Hawaii.


    • Applicants must be majoring in (or for high school seniors, declaring a major in) an communications related field, including but not limited to advertising, graphic or web design, broadcasting, communications, film, video production, journalism, marketing, new media or public relations

    • Applicants must have an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher (must submit a copy of their current college transcript and provide verification that they are currently enrolled in an accredited college or university in the state of Hawaii)

    • Short essay (250 words or less): “Why should you be the recipient of the AAF Hawaii Shining Star Scholarship?”

    • A brief interview with members of AAF Hawaii’s Board of Directors

    Selection Process:

    The AAF Hawaii Board will select the winners. Scholarship recipients will be selected on the basis of academic achievement, need, demonstrated leadership, participation in school and community service activities, honors and other awards or recognition, work experience and statement of goals and aspirations, and unusual personal and/or family circumstances.

    Dates to Remember: 

    Friday, March 12, 2021, 5:00pm HST: Application Deadline
    March 12 - March 28, 2021: Review of applications, phone interviews of finalists
    April 5, 2021: Winner(s) notified, then recognized on social media (presented award certificate / check mailed separately in April).
    June 5, 2021: Winner(s) formally recognized at the online Pele Awards

    Required Materials:

    The following items must be submitted to [email protected] by Friday, March 12, 2021, 5:00 p.m. HST:

    • Your fully completed 2021 Shining Star Scholarship Application

    • Your essay on why you should receive the AAF Hawaii Shining Star Scholarship 

    • A valid transcript from your accredited college or university in the state of Hawaii

    • Verification that you are currently enrolled as a full time student at an accredited college or university in the state of Hawaii

    When submitting your application, please make sure the subject line of your email entry reads: "2021 Shining Star Scholarship - (your name)". Failure to thoroughly and accurately provide the required application items will result in the removal of the applicant from the selection process.


    Contact us [email protected].

    Thank you and good luck!